Philosophy. It’s definitely not something that you don’t think to look to YouTube for, but there are some amazing channels dedicated to pondering life’s great wonders.
Now some channels are headed up by people for whom philosophy is the game, but there is a preponderance of channels by people who have unintentionally become philosophers, even though it didn’t start of that way.
Let’s kick things off with what I would refer to as a classic philosopher, even though his subjects are about technology and science. Jason Silva spends his life trying to quantify the human condition. His YouTube channel ‘Shots of Awe’ tackles the mysteries of the web and human connectivity with such excitement, it’s hard not to believe that humanity is on the pivotal edge of existential nirvana.
On the flipside, but yet equally amazing, Prince EA explores the darker side of technology and how it separates us while keeping us together. More importantly, Prince EA focuses on how we should be the best to each other, and how we can do that by putting our tech down and connecting with each other.
Mike Runetta head’s up PBS’s Idea Channel and it’s brilliant. It takes our usual perceptions of things and completely flips them on their head.
Now, here are some channels that you may not consider to be “philosophy” channels, but here’s an idea: What if most vloggers are in fact, modern day philosophers? (Sorry I couldn’t resist)
See the definition of philosophy is “the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language,” and that’s what most vloggers appear to tackle when they’re talking about their day-to-day experiences.
One great example of this is the Vlogbrothers, who once started off just as brothers talking to each other, but evolved into deep life and existence issues. Take for example Hank telling John about how he is Batman:
And John’s simple response and admittance that he was wrong, but how being wrong is essentially one of the most joyous things in the world.
Another great ‘modern’ philosopher is Elliott Morgan. While sipping on some form of liquid deliciousness, Morgan manages to answer some of the simplest questions, that have the most difficult answers. Recently he took on the myth of ‘intelligent comedy’ and how it doesn’t exist:
Charlieissocoollike makes observations into the little things in life, like in one of his most recent videos he discusses how simple changes can change the outlook you have of yourself.
Kid President doesn’t write his material but that doesn’t stop you from taking a moment and re-examining your life. Every now and again I’ll play his famous pep talk to get a greater perspective on the world around me.
So, what do you think? Is vlogging the new platform for philosophy?